Helsinki Meeting Point

a place in Helsinki for improvisation and instant composition

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“The Helsinki Meeting Point presents: an IMMERSIVE LISTENING research project”


Vapaa Taiteen Tila, Friday 28.8 at 19.00

The Helsinki Meeting Point is presenting the work of an IMMERSIVE LISTENING research project where five improvising artists spend three nights in a cabin near the wilderness and return straight to Helsinki to perform.

The research question is how being in the wilderness affects improvisation, and the focus is on ways in which we relate to each other (and to improvisation itself) and ways in which we listen/tune-in (to oneself, to the other, to the environment).

The event starts with an open discussion between the participants on what happened during those three nights and their perspective on the topic. The group will then perform an improvisation as a reflection on the process, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Coffee, tea, and biscuits will be available throughout the event.


Nadja Pärssinen (FI), contemporary dance
Heidi Seppälä (FI), contemporary dance
Heini Harjaluoma (FI), contemporary dance
Alicia Burns (US), voice
Katarina Sjöblom (FI), violin
Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis (GR), el. guitar, electronics

This is part of Laonikos’ final thesis project, investigating how being in the wilderness affects improvisation.

Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Vilhovuorenkuja 16, 00500 Helsinki, Finland

Tickets: 8/4€ cash only (free entrance for University of the Arts students)

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HMP workshop by Sten Rudstrom: Ta(l)king Your Head Off!!


Ta(l)king Your Head Off!!

Dismantling the Left-Brain Conspiracy and Entering the Explosive, Colorful, Absurdity of Experiential Speech

In this workshop, you will explore an embodied way of speaking, using language that originates from and resonates in the body. You will experience your speech from a kinesthetic position. You learn how to sense your language as you speak it and allow that sensing to influence the manufacture of each new word from a dual-hemisphere perspective. Our goal is that language be a transformational experience rather than a self-limiting, rational, judgmental arena.

Ta(l)king Your Head Off is intended for dancers who want to feel their text in the flesh, actors who want to feel the flesh of their text, those who find joy in the use of language, as well as, those who hope to find that joy.

Fri. 12.12. 18-21:00
Sun. 14.12. 10:30-14:30
Esitystaiteen keskus
Suvilahti, Puhdistamo,
Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33,
00540 Helsinki

Info & Registration:
Giorgio Convertito
Tel. +358 505 619 484
Please register before December 10th
Sten Rudstrom has been working in the field of improvisation for the last 25 years. He teaches and performs internationally, founded the improvisation group EAT (Sabine von der Tann, Andres Noormets, Kate Hilder, and Peter Krempelsetzer) and is, also, a member of Streugut (Ingo Reluecke, Zufit Simon, Martin Clausen, and Alexander Frangenheim). In 1986, he met Ruth Zaporah, is one of the few Certified Senior Teachers and has continued to work with Action Theater™ since that time. With Satu Palokangas, he has developed The Core of Expression, a somatics and improvisation embodiment training that is currently being booking internationally. His workshops are inspiring, exciting and challenging. He has a 3 year old son and is re-learning how to improvise and let go of outcomes.

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A video clip

A short edit from the last Helsinki Meeting Point Extended Edition, performed at the Cable Factory on December 7th, 2012.

On stage, James Andean (sounds), Lily Kiara (dance), Libero Mureddu (piano), Ulla Mäkinen (dance), Aino Ojanen (dance), Saara Rautio (harp), Anni Rissanen (dance) and Eero Savela (trumpet).

Video shot and edited by César Aguilar Alcedo.

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And this evening another show!

The first performance saw a group of highly committed and fully engaged performers producing two very different sets. I am extremely curious to see where they are going next, with this experience in the bag.

Here is a short excerpt of last night first set. If you want to see more, the place is Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, and the time is 19.00.

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Anarchy has its own wisdom – interview with Ulla Mäkinen

Less than two hours to showtime. Take a look at this video interview with dancer Ulla Mäkinen and then make your way to Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth for the first of two performances of this year HMP Extended Edition.

Ulla Mäkinen is a movement artist and teacher based in Helsinki, Finland. She has an MA in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy from the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is as well a certified Pilates teacher and an Iyengar Yoga teacher trainee. She performs as a freelancer and teaches contemporary dance, contact improvisation and alignment oriented techniques, traveling around the world.

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Artists at work: day 2

Second practice session for the group and everybody is really buzzing. Familiarity among the performers is growing with a wonderful sense of curiosity. The group is really into learning by doing rather than talking at length and smaller groups, duets and trios, scores facilitated the getting to know each others process. At the end of the session the group dived into the first half hour long set.

Today we land into the theatre space and get ready for the evening performance.


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Images from the first session.

As the second practice session is underway, we want to share some images from the first one. The group has broken the first layer of ice, so to speak, and they are quickly learning about each other. It is a true privilege to witness such a remarkable group of professional working and exchanging ideas.

A reminder of the lineup:

James Andean (sounds)
Lily Kiara (dance)
Libero Mureddu (piano)
Ulla Mäkinen (dance)
Aino Ojanen (dance)
Saara Rautio (harp)
Anni Rissanen (dance)
Eero Savela (trumpet)


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And that’s the story that goes on – interview with Saara Rautio

Saara has been co-producer of the Helsinki Meeting Point for three years and a crucial contribution in its development and continuity. This time she returns as a performer. Don’t get deceived by the looks, she’s really a punk harpist!

As uncompromising a musician as ever plucked a harpstring, Saara Rautioshares her time between solo contemporary works, orchestral repertoire, and improvisation. Able to make the harp sing, squeak, squeal or bark, her visceral playing has the capacity to provoke, delight or inspire.  Don’t let the sweet smile and seraphic harpistry fool you: this is not a girl you would want to come up against in a dark musical alley!

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Christmas time with Libero Mureddu

Third interview in this year series with pianist Libero Mureddu, edited by Ulla Mäkinen.

Libero Mureddu is an Italian-French composer and pianist based in Helsinki.
He studied piano and composition at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” of Milan. In 1990 he begun piano Jazz studies with Daniele di Gregorio and Michael Rosen.

Active pianist in the field of improvised music, with long-standing collaborations with Giovanni Falzone, and since 1999, with the Chant Trio, with drummer Cristiano Calcagnile and bassist Antonio Borghini.

He studied electronic music with Alessandro Melchiorre in Milano and at the Centre for Music and Technology at the Sibelius Academy.

As composer, he is particularly interested in two fields: one is composing using the possibilities offfered by the Yamaha Disklavier, both as a standalone instrument and in a real-time performance, the second is the exploration of the connections between composition and improvisation.

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“If I wave something in the air…” – interview with James Andean

As the Helsinki Meeting Point Extended Edition returns, so do the interviews that become so much enjoyed last year. First one of this new series is canadian born, Helsinki based musician and composer James Andean.

Musician, composer, recording engineer, researcher – James Andean‘s competence is as varied and of as diverse origin as his tutti-frutti instrumentarium which he combines with a portion of Scotch stubbornness, New World initiative and an inexhaustible work discipline. James also has a most fruitful ability to switch from elaborate eloquence and precise articulation to complete spontaneity and crackling frenzy in a second, and one can only admire how in him, the well-reflected craftsman and the Homo Ludens co-exist in macrotonal harmony.